Marion sheriff receives grant to boost traffic enforcement effort

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant from the University of North Florida and the Florida Department of Transportation for the Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow campaign.

Sheriff’s Traffic Unit deputies will conduct High Visibility Enforcement Details in the area of Maricamp Road from SE 25th Avenue to County Road 25, and Highway 200 from Interstate 75 to County Road 484.

Those areas have seen an increase in traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. The enforcement, which will focus on improving pedestrian and bicycle safety, will continue until Friday, May 17. Deputies will be concentrating more on educating the public about traffic laws during the enforcement period to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. However, violations may result in warnings or citations, depending on the circumstances.

Residents should expect to see an increased presence of traffic deputies on the roadways. Traffic deputies are encouraging motorists to remember several things while driving, including the importance of obeying speed limits, never driving impaired and always watching for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Deputies say bicyclists must remember to obey traffic laws, ride in the direction of traffic and use lights when riding at night. And pedestrians are reminded to cross in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals and make sure they are visible to drivers when walking at night.